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Fisherman Reels in Live Grenade

In proper grenade fishing, you’re supposed to throw grenades, not catch them. Tell that to Matt Tucker, who was fishing in a lake near Springfield, Missouri: He noticed an old sock near his lure and pulled the odd bit of trash out of the lake. Inside the sock? A Vietnam-era pineapple hand grenade with the safety pin [...]

The Quick 10: Nine Victims of King Tut’s Curse (and one who should have been)

If you have any connections to Egyptology or mummies at all (work in a museum? Have an archaeologist ancestor?), be careful on Sunday. Sunday is the anniversary of the day King Tutankhamen’s tomb was opened, unleashing a powerful curse upon all who dared disturb his eternal slumber. I mean, if you believe in stuff like that. [...]

Pokemon Marriage Proposal

(YouTube Link) How else would one propose marriage to the woman with the world’s largest Pokemon collection? Especially if you met her at a Pokemon competition? JC Fletcher writes for Joystiq: When Chris Herbert decided to pop the question to his girlfriend of three years, Belle Starenchak, he picked the most romantic place he could think of: [...]

The Science Behind Cowboys In Black and White Hats

In old Western movies, heroes often wore white hats and villains wore black hats. Why? Wray Herbert wrote in Scientific American about a new study that investigated why people often associate the color white with righteousness and black with wickedness: In Sherman and Clore’s version of the Stroop, volunteers read not the names of colors but [...]

Universe at Play: Two Must-Read Novels of the Fantastic

SF SITE UPDATE: This week over at SF.DRB site: Two Must-Read Recent Novels of the Fantastic -> Avi Abrams reviews “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union” by Michael Chabon and “Cloud Atlas” by David Mitchell - “Just when you thought science fiction had safely settled into predictability and conventional form – along come two books that turn all those conventions [...]